Ever wish you could have Nature’s Playground all to yourself? Join us for an evening of open playground followed by a chance to make our favorite campfire treat—S’mores! These special editions will also allow for participants to show off their skills on our special Mini Golf course on our meadow! Our playground and mini golf will be open to participants for the whole time and our fire pits by the Overbrook Nature Center to enjoy some S’mores will be ongoing. All attendees 3 and over require a ticket.
The SM&NC welcomes the Stella Blue’s Band for a live Drive-In Concert! Each car receives 2 parking spaces – one for your car and the other for your chairs. Parking spaces are first come first served.
Refreshments: You can pre-order a Munch Box for $25 (or two for $40) with your registration. Each box comes with snacks and 2 IPA beers.
Stella Blue’s Band, founded in 2009, recreates the experience of being at a Grateful Dead show.
The band has been lighting up the tri-state area with its high-energy performances. With dynamic jams and artful improvisation, Stella has developed a loyal following with shows that thrill the GD faithful and newcomers alike.
Rain date July 25th
Discover some amazing snakes from across the globe! From the longest snake in Connecticut to the smallest python in the world, learn about the ecology of these amazing creatures. Each child will get to decorate their own wooden snake to take home too! Children 7 and up may be dropped off for this program. Children 7 and under may attend with an adult at no charge. Limited to 15 children.
Celebrate one of our favorite wizard’s birthday with a little magic of our own! Reserve a table for our Wizard Picnic and join us for a magical afternoon. We’ll start with some self-guided crafts and a delivery of a light snack and drink pack for your wizard family. Then meet some live magical creatures and enroll in our Potions class with some great experiments. Wizard attire is welcome!
Limited to 8 families.
Members: $40 for 1 adult and 1 child; $80 for up to 4 people; $120 for up to 6 people, under 3 free
Non-members: $50 for 1 adult and 1 child; $100 for up to 4 people; $150 for up to 6 people, under 3 free
Join us for a chance to explore the crepuscular and nocturnal creatures that call the SM&NC home! We’ll take a sunset hike to look for our resident bats and birds, look for signs of our local owls, and see what insects are out and about. Meets at the Overbrook Nature Center. Limited to 15 participants. All participants must have a ticket.
Did you know that technically a grape is a berry but a raspberry is not? Despite its name, raspberries are one of mid-summer’s best treats. We’ll harvest berries from our garden bushes if they are ready, learn how to identify wild raspberries versus invasive wineberries, and then create our own no-bake raspberry sauce to take home. Limited to 10 participants.
No school? No problem! Join us for a half-day of fun with our Environmental Education Staff! We’ll explore the forest for the coming signs of fall, visit with our live animals, try our hands at science experiments, create some great art and more! Limited to 10 children ages 5-9.
Join us for our annual favorite! Dissect an owl pellet and discover the types of prey that owls eat. We’ll learn about the types of owls that call Connecticut home and then head out into the woods to call for our local owls. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Limited to 15 people. All participants require a ticket. Program will be entirely outside if weather permits. Meet at Overbrook Nature Center.
From mayflies to salamanders, there is a great world beneath the rocks and leaves of the stream! Join SM&NC staff for a chance to explore Poorhouse Brook for the amphibians, macroinvertebrates, and fish that call it home. We’ll walk through our stream classroom to see what we can find. Please be prepared to walk in the stream; water shoes are recommended. Meet at Overbrook Nature Center. Limited to 15 participants. Children must be at least 5 to register. All participants require a ticket.
From migrating raptors to fall warblers, the fall can be a great time to search for birds. We’ll tour around the museum building, Bendel Pond, and our trails to see what we can find. Join Visitors Services Manager and birder Brian O’Toole to learn about what is happening during fall migration and about the birds that will remain at the museum all year. Recommended for ages
8 and up. Binoculars are recommended; a few basic pairs will be available for borrowing. Limited to 12 participants. Meet at the Overbrook Nature Center.